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Estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) indicate that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37 percent have a cat.

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Dr. Anne L. Matthews

The Rotary Club of Beaumont will host a celebration of International Women’s Day at the club meeting Wednesday, March 2, beginning at noon at the MCM Eleganté. The speaker will be Dr. Anne L. Matthews, who served as the first woman vice president of Rotary International. Matthews was also the first woman to serve on both the Rotary Foundation Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a homicide of a former Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) officer found apparently shot to death in his home Feb. 21. They have already identified a "person of interest" they believe was involved in the shooting, the victim's live-in fiancée.

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Elizabeth Peeler, Shanil Jasani, Abigail Drago and Elyse Broussard

Kelly High School’s Youth-Leadership Southeast Texas (Y-LSET) Team has partnered with Leadership Southeast Texas and West Brook High School’s Y-LSET Team to collect used bicycles for veterans. The program was designed to fulfill military veterans’ requests for bicycles to help them seek and maintain employment. All donations will benefit Jefferson County veterans and their families.

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A Jefferson County jury found a 42-year-old Vidor man guilty of methamphetamine possession stemming from a February 2015 arrest related to drug activity at a local motel. 

In a press release, District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court found Houston Gene Freeman guilty of possession of methamphetamine of at least 4 grams and less than 200 grams, a second-degree felony charge. 

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A Vidor police officer directing traffic on Highway 12 who was injured after being struck by a vehicle at close to 9 p.m. on Feb. 23 is recovering, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD).

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Samantha Thomas

Narcotics investigators arrested a young Buna woman Feb. 22 after allegedly discovering more than 40 grams of methamphetamine in her possession.

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A coral in August 2015 (top) at the start of the worst bleaching event.

Global warming and the current intense El Niño are prolonging the longest global coral die-off on record, according to NOAA scientists, who will will present the latest global bleaching update and outlook Friday, Feb. 26 at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans.

The researchers, who are monitoring and forecasting the loss of corals from disease and heat stress due to record ocean temperatures, report that the global coral bleaching event that started in 2014 could extend well into 2017.

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Johnathon Joseph

Officers in Orange arrested an apparently dazed man after a caller reported he was staggering down the road Friday morning, Feb. 19, Officer Marcus Bernard reported.

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